Stand­ing up for SW part and par­cel of job

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Letters -

Last week, I was crit­i­cised in these pages for crit­i­cis­ing the WA Govern­ment.

As the Member for Vasse, and as a member of the State Op­po­si­tion, it is my role to hold the State Govern­ment to ac­count, es­pe­cially over those is­sues which im­pact our com­mu­nity.

This is why I re­main un­apolo­getic for hold­ing the Mc­Gowan Govern­ment to ac­count on sev­eral mat­ters, in­clud­ing plans to close the Canal Rocks Boat Ramp and un­fairly in­creas­ing power and wa­ter costs on South West fam­i­lies.

It is also why I will con­tinue to work to en­sure our re­gion is not con­ve­niently ig­nored when it comes to in­fra­struc­ture spend­ing, and that those projects ini­ti­ated by the pre­vi­ous Lib­eral-Na­tional Govern­ment, in­clud­ing up­grad­ing Bus­sell High­way be­tween Capel and Bus­sel­ton to a dual car­riage­way, con­tinue.

West Aus­tralians across the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum un­der­stand the im­por­tance of re­turn­ing our State’s fi­nances to sur­plus. But in this era of “bud­get re­pair”, we can ill af­ford to do so by tax­ing al­ready-strug­gling busi­nesses out of ex­is­tence, cut­ting spend­ing on pub­lic ser­vices and in­fra­struc­ture, and un­fairly in­creas­ing liv­ing costs for thou­sands of WA fam­i­lies.

Fur­ther­more, the for­mer Govern­ment pro­vided a re­al­is­tic so­lu­tion for Bud­get re­pair, one al­ready adopted in NSW and most other States. Pro­ceeds from sell­ing the poles and wires com­po­nent of West­ern Power would have re­duced State debt by al­most $11 bil­lion and de­liv­ered in­ter­est sav­ings of $367 mil­lion a year that would avoid the pain of mas­sive in­creases to house­hold fees and charges. And ac­cord­ing to the in­de­pen­dent and well-re­spected ACCC, that would also lead to lower power prices.

Libby Met­tam MLA, Vasse

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